DETROIT — What do the words « safety, » »chaotic » and « problem » have in common?
They’re all on General Motors’ list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.
The revelation of the 68-word list is one of the odder twists in GM’s ongoing recall of 2.6 million older-model small cars for defective ignition switches.
On Friday, the U.S. government slapped GM with a $35 million fine for failing to report the deadly defect for more than a decade. The government also released a 2008 GM training document that includes the list and warns employees to stick to the facts and not use language that could hurt the company down the road.
The word « defect, » for example, « can be regarded as a legal admission » and should be avoided, the company document says.
Adjectives like « bad, » »terrifying, » »dangerous, » »horrific » and « evil » are on the list. So are unflattering terms like…
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